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Elementary and Intermediate Schools Student Assistance Program

The Linn-Mar Elementary and Intermediate Schools’ Student Assistance Program is a preventative program focusing on the needs of at-risk students in addition to providing programming to all elementary students. Areas of focus are: promoting healthy self-esteem, academic achievement, substance-free lifestyles, safe learning environments, positive peer interactions, and instill effective coping skills.

Student Support Groups: A variety of support groups are offered addressing issues students may face in day-to-day life.

Mentor Program: The elementary mentoring program consists of staff members being paired with elementary students, as well as high school students being paired with elementary students. Mentor pairs take part in several activities such as: playing games, homework help, study skills, and eating lunch together.

Elementary Student Assistance Specialists: Jacob Young Jr  and Tammy DeVries are available for individual and group counseling support and education for students for a variety of life issues in a confidential format.

You may reach Mr. Young at (319) 447-3337 / Email and Mrs. DeVries at (319) 447-3436 / Email

Intermediate Student Assistance Specialist: Tera Cooling is available for individual and group counseling support and education for students for a variety of life issues in a confidential format.  Mrs. Cooling’s contact information will be coming.

Family Resource Specialist:  Shawn Knighton provides direct services to families in the Linn-Mar Community School District regarding at-risk issues, as well as a liaison with parents and community resources.  You may reach Mr. Knighton at (319) 730-3633/ Email.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: This program consists of every student in grades kindergarten through 8th grade participating in weekly classroom meetings addressing topics which fall into the categories of: Olweus specific, team building, social skills, and school climate. Olweus is researched-based and has already shown a reduction in the frequency of bullying incidents occurring at Linn-Mar. For more information on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please contact Mr. Mike Shipley at (319) 447-3152 or by email.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-side), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, and recreation) for all students by making targeted misbehavior less effective, efficient, and relevant; and desired behavior more functional.

Community Connections: Provides parents/guardians with needed resources and referrals within our community.